NAPPANEE — The Nappanee Community and Coppes Commons have taken the initiative to select Oct. 12 as National Hoosier Cabinet Day.
The Coppes factory that is famous for its kitchen cabinetry — and especially its Hoosier cabinets—has a long and colorful history, and in fact its success was responsible for much the growth of hometown Nappanee in its formative years. Because of this, the name Coppes is synonymous with craftsmanship and quality, for those in the now.
Their prestige in woodcraft is such that Herbert Hoover, when Secretary of Commerce, conducted a study that found that using a Coppes hoosier cabinet saved the average American 75 percent of the time and energy spent in the kitchen. Though Coppes and the Hoosier
Cabinet are more than 100 years old, Coppes is the only Hoosier cabinet producer that still builds kitchens today. It is no wonder then that Coppes Commons wants to celebrate their woodworking heritage with a National Hoosier Cabinet Day.
In celebration, Nappanee will be offering tours Oct. 12 and 13 of modern-day kitchen cabinet manufacturers, and there will also be an opportunity for visitors to view a recently crafted Hoosier Cabinet made by Coppes Kitchens in Nappanee.
A walking tour of Nappanee’s Historic District will spotlight homes once owned by the Coppes and Mutschler families. There will also be a ceremony to induct four local entrepreneurs into the Nappanee Kitchen Cabinet Hall of Fame.
Friday will begin at 9 a.m. with a bus tour leaving from Coppes Commons to Ayr Cabinet, Kountry Wood Products’ factory tour and Kountry Wood Products showroom tour. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Nappanee kitchens — a well-crafted legacy” will be presented with a reproduction Hoosier cabinet on display at Coppes Commons. At 1 p.m. the historic walking tour leaves (Coppes) and will take attendees to the Coppes and Mutschler homes.
Even more is in store Satuday, Oct. 13 when a brunch will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Coppes where visitors will hear the National Hoosier Cabinet Day proclamation, learn the history of Nappanee’s kitchen cabinet industry, be present for the unveiling of the Woodworking Heritage sign and for the honoring of Nappanee’s Kitchen Cabinet Hall of Fame inductees.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Nappanee kitchens — a well-crafted legacy” will be presented with a reproduction Hoosier cabinet on display and also, a kids’ pie-baking activity will be hosted by the Nappanee Public Library at Coppes Commons.
Top learn more, contact Larry Andrews at 574-354-2440 or 574-773-2440 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Coppes Commons is located at 401 E. Market St., Nappanee.